The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 4, Blue Jays 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Boring Baseball. There is nothing boring about James Loney, Wil Myers, and Sam Fuld going back-to-back-to-back. But after Luke Scott’s double in the 3rd inning gave the Rays a 4-0 lead, the game just felt over. Jeremy Hellickson brought his A game, giving up just 1 hit in 7 innings. And the only point in which there was some doubt in the outcome came in the 7th inning when the Blue Jays loaded the bases and Jose Bautista was at the plate. But he grounded out and the game was essentially over. Boring baseball is something that doesn’t happen very often with the Rays. So it was a nice treat…Jeremy Hellickson. On the surface there wasn’t anything that was that different from his other recent starts. The velocity on his pitches were in their normal range. The amount of movement was consistent. The key appeared to be that he was hitting his spots with the changeup. He did throw that pitch a little harder last night, averaging about 80.5, compared to 79.5 in recent starts and maybe that was enough. Of his 32 changeups, 22 were strikes, including 5 swing-and-misses…Wil Myers. This felt like a very Wil Myersy game with a single, a long home run, and 2 strikeouts. We’ll take it.
THE BAD: Desmond Jennings. Jennings did not start and is still just 8-14 in stolen bases. Elliot Johnson is 11-11.
THE TELLING: 114,070 showed up to see Wil Myers’ home debut. Wait. That’s not right. Oh. It was 11,407. Yikes…The Rays’ next themed road trip will be “accidental preppie”…Brandon Gomes pitched a scoreless inning in his first rehab appearance for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. He struck out 1 and gave up 1 hit…Reid Brignac has cleared waivers after being DFA’d by the Yankees. He has yet to accept his minor league assignment…The Rays are now 40-37, 4.5 games behind the Red Sox.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Alex Cobb told the media he is hoping to return to the mound this season but there is still no timetable for him to begin baseball activities. [TBO.com]
- David Price is hoping that Wednesday’s rehab start will be his last. [TampaBay.com]
- Wil Myers talks about his home debut. [TampaBay.com]
- Can Dave Wannstedt fix the Bucs’ special teams? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 7, Buffalo 1. Mike Montgomery struck out 4 and walked 4 in 7 innings. He allowed 1 run on 6 hits and also hit a batter…Vince Belnome was 1-2 with a double and 3 walks. His .346 average is now 2nd in the IL and his .438 OBP is tops in the league…Brandon Guyer went 3-5 with a double to raise his average to .283.
MONTGOMERY 5, Chattanooga 4. Jake Thompson gave up 3 runs in 6 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 3…Mikie Mahtook had 2 singles in 5 at bats…Kevin Kiermaier had 2 triples and stole his 13th base.
CHARLOTTE 7, Jupiter 3. Brandon Gomes pitched 1 inning in his first rehab appearance. He struck out 1 and allowed 1 hit and no runs…Drew Vettleson was 2-4 with a home run, 3 RBI and his 3rd stolen base.
Lake County 1, BOWLING GREEN 0. Jeff Ames walked 5 in 6 innings, but only gave up 1 hit and allowed no runs. He struck out 2 and the 2011 first-rounder now has an ERA of 2.24…Thomas Coyle had 2 hits and stole his 25th base.